I used DRIVE ERASER to deleye my whole hard drive. I reinstalled all the recovery disks I made when I bought the laptop ACER 3690 . They all install but the windows will not start. I get a blank screen with a flashing _ or I am told NTLDR is missing. press any key to restart.
I had to nuke my HDD a few weeks ago and reinstall after I had a nasty virus attack on the Acer Aspire 3690. I experienced the exact same thing you did. The main problem I discoverd is that you need to change your MBR (master boot record) to "standard IPL"
This is a free utility disk. Burn the downloaded ISO image to a CD. Your CD burning software should have a "burn ISO image" option.
Put your UBCD into the CD/DVD drive. There is an auto play file on the disk that may load the UBCD website. Just close the web browser if it does that.
Go to start/turn off coumpter/restart. Restart your computer. When the compuer boots back up to a white screen that says "Acer", press the "F2" key to enter the BIOS settings. Go to the "Boot" tab and follow the instruction menu to make sure the DVD drive is first in the boot sequence. Press "F10" to save and reboot.
After UBCD loads, go to filesystem tools/partition tools/ranish partition manager. Let it run through and boot the program. Notice MBR (master boot record). Hit enter to edit MBR. Hit spacebar to cycle to "standard IPL". Press enter. Hit the down arrow key on your keyboard and highlight 1st partition. Hit enter. Choose file system "Fat 32". Hit enter. Make the partition size 40 gigs (40,000.000 kB). Hit enter then "save" and choose format now and "quick format". Highlight next partition and make it "fat 32". Make the partitiion size the rest of the space on the HDD.
Note: You can choose to divide your HDD into two partitions or not. My 80gig HDD came divided in half. "C" drive and "D" drive. I suspect this is done to speed up read time of the HDD. You can simply allocate all the HDD space for one partition ONLY is you wish. If you divide it in half, one partition will automatically be labeld C: drive and the other D: drive when you look in "My Computer".
Now, go back and highlight the 1st partition you formatted and hit "B" on the keyboard to make it the boot partition. (You want this partition to be labeled with the boot flag because Windows will be loaded onto this partition.) Hit F2 to save. Take out the UBCD from your DVD drive and put in "Disk 1" of the recovery DVD's. Press ctrl+alt+delete to reboot.
When the recovery disk loads, follow the onscreen instructions. After Windows installs, you will need to reset your BIOS settings to set the DVD drive back to first in boot sequence.
I think either you will have to make sure that your drive, your cd drive, is booting up,It should be f2 to boot your computer, it will give you a selection to boot from, your cd is the correct selection.,if no results,you must have deleted the backup partition or recovery partition when you erased the partition.Drive eraser would do that most likely.it writes over your drive so software is unrecoverable it is a security measure for valuable files not to be seen or stolen thanks kawuna
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try booting from a Windows installation disc. Choose the repair installation option. If this does not work, you may have to erase (format) your whole drive and start over again by reinstalling Windows from scratch.
Before erasing the drive, you might want to pull it out, put as a second drive in another working computer or inside a USB hard drive case and download all of your information from it. Otherwise you may have a mess on your hands with lost data/documents/photos.
Most computer recovery disks will perform the formatting for you. (This depends on the Manufacturer and Model though...)
If you put the recovery disk into the computer CD/DVD Drive and restart the computer - to boot to the disk, it should launch the recovery process and warn you that the hard drive will be erased and all data will be lost. This warning step is the recovery disks way of informing you that it will format the drive.
To boot to the CD/DVD you will need to tell the computer to do that. When the computer first turns on, you should see a brief message at the very beginning of the boot up process. The message will say something like: "Press Del for Boot Device" or "Press F12 for Boot Menu" or something of this sort. If your recovery disk is in the drive and you can get to the boot menu by pressing the key the computer prompts you to press, then you should be able to start up with that recovery disk.
Allowing the recovery disk to run through it's full process should format the hard drive and set your computer straight.
Make sure to run all of your updates once the recovery is complete and also make sure to install and update a good anti-virus software of some sort.
You can download one of them and scan your hard drive for free to previewwhether your files can be recovered. They will show you the file name, type, dateand of your files and thumbnails for your pictures that it found on yourdrive.
Hi! If you have the Windows 7 disc just insert it restart the computer. It will boot directly from the disc. Then follow the step by step instructions here.
If you don't have the Windows 7 disc, you have two ways to reformat your Toshiba computer.
Using Toshiba HDD Recovery Utility from the recovery partition In case of a hard disk drive failure, you may be able to restore the drive to the factory default state using the on-disk Toshiba HDD Recovery Utility (in a special partition on the hard disk drive). You can select restoring the entire hard disk drive to the factory default state, or restoring only the C: drive -- without affecting other partitions (for example, a D: drive) -- or changing the size allocated to your C: drive, and then restore it. To recover your hard disk drive from a system failure using the utilities stored on your computers HDD, follow these steps:
If the computer is running, shut it down -- by clicking Start, Shut Down, and again Shut Down.
Press and hold the 0 (zero) key on your keyboard and then press the computers power switch. When the computer turns on, the Toshiba HDD Recovery Utility screen will appear, presenting three options:
Sample TOSHIBA HDD Recovery Utility screen
Restore Original Factory Image (Recommended) CAUTION: Restoring a hard disk drive to its factory default state deletes all partitions on the hard disk drive and all data stored on those partitions. All of your files and information will be lost! Be sure to back up all important files first.
Press 1 to restore your hard disk drive to its original factory default state. A confirmation message will appear, indicating that all data will be overwritten and lost during the restore process. Be sure to back up all important files before proceeding.
Click Yes to begin the recovery. A message will appear once the operation is finished, indicating the HDD has been restored.
Press any key to restart the computer.
* The options 2 & 3 are for advanced users.
Hard Disk Drive Recovery using Recovery CDs or DVDs You may also wish to to run the Toshiba HDD Recovery Utility from Recovery CDs or DVDs that you have created. Insert the first Recovery CD or DVD into your CD/DVD drive, and turn on the computer. Once the computer is running, the TOSHIBA HDD Recovery Utility screen will appear, presenting the same three options above. Again Press 1 to restore your hard disk drive to its original factory default state. Click Yes to begin the recovery. Press any key to restart the computer.
Installing Drivers and Applications The TOSHIBA Application Installer allows you to reinstall the drivers and applications that were originally bundled with your computer. To reinstall drivers and applications:
Double-click the "Toshiba Application Installer" icon on the Windows desktop. This utility may also be launched by clicking Start -->All Programs --> Hard Disk Recovery Utilities.
Click the item(s) you wish to install. To select multiple items, hold down the Ctrl key as you click your selections.
Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the installation process.
If you still have the disk for your OS then the process is fairly simple. Insert the disc and reboot the computer. While the computer is booting hold down ESC or possibly F2, F8, or F12. A boot menu should open up before your operating system begins to load and you should pick to boot from CD Drive. When the setup loads, go through the menus until you get to the section of where to install the OS. Delete all the partitions on your computer and then reinstall the OS on the new one. This will delete everything on your laptop and just have a clean copy of your OS.
If you don't have the original CD you can download and burn this onto a CD and boot it from CD. This will securely wipe your hard drive.
As soon as you press the power button on your notebook, Keep tapping F8 repeatedly. Another screen should pop up with a list of commands (safe mode / start up repair etc) Near the bottom of the list you should see an option to ReInstall windows / Reset to factory Default. Select which one you prefer and follow the simple instructions.
Restart your laptop. Then Press F10 repeatedly until the message "Starting System Recovery" is displayed.
In Windows by clicking: Start > All Programs > System Recovery > System Recovery.
The recovery will load and display a box with one option:
Non-destructive recovery: this option will restore Windows, supplied
applications, and drivers. This option will not destroy your documents
or programs. These will be backed up along with the registry. These are
restored at the end of the recovery process.
To access the recovery options, that erases all data from the computer, click the Advanced button.
System Recovery - No format: this will reinstall Windows, supplied
applications and drivers. It will move your files to a folder called
"My old disk structure". Any applications (except those supplied) will
need to be reinstalled.
System Recovery - Quick format: this option will erase your hard drive
including your personal files. Windows, supplied applications and
drivers will be reinstalled.
Select the Non-destructive recovery option and press Next.
You will be informed about System Restore in Windows, click Yes.
The recovery will begin. Once this is complete click Restart.
Hi there. I'm sorry to tell you that when you reformatted the drive you deleted the recovery partition and all the recovery information on it, this is why the recovery disk creator cannot be launched and is giving you an error. Thankfully for you, you created a recovery disk before you wiped the drive so this is your only way of restoring the system so make a back-up copy of the recovery disk you made and keep it safe as the problem cannot be solved because you deleted the recovery partition.
If your Laptop is purchased with Recovery Disk, you can use that disk to restore the default setting of your laptop. It usually FORMAT your hardisk and erase all programs and files saved on your Hardisk. If Recovery Disk is not available then you can simply use your provided Windows Installer to format your Laptop and install a Fresh Windows on your Laptop, be sure to format the Whole Disk Drive to erase the files.